Perez responds to Red Bull favouring Verstappen over him – “I should just stay home instead”

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez had a forgettable outing in Canada. The Mexican driver, however, still has faith in Red Bull despite the team asking him not to take on teammate Max Verstappen during recent events.

Back in Barcelona, Perez was asked to make way for Verstappen as the Dutchman won the Spanish Grand Prix. Then, Perez was told by Red Bull not to indulge in “fighting” with Verstappen in Baku, where Max came in second spot.

A reliability problem for Charles Leclerc meant the reigning champion ended the night taking top honours.

This has the potential of causing plenty of unrest in the camp, especially since Perez himself is eyeing a maiden F1 championship.

However, despite trailing Verstappen by a slender 24 points, Perez said that he has faith in Red Bull’s instructions.

“I had a good chat with the team,” said Perez.

“If they tell me to do it, I would do what they asked me to do. I don’t see why that wouldn’t make sense.”

Over the course of the season, Perez has out-qualified Verstappen three times. He even got the better of his teammate in Monaco, a race he went on to win.

Checo will continue to fight

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Credit: planetf1.com
Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Credit: planetf1.com

Although Verstappen has shown better pace than Perez till now, it doesn’t limit Checo’s aspirations.

“It’s a big challenge for me to have him as a teammate,” Perez said.

“If I was here thinking I want to finish second, I should stay home instead. I’m here because I want to win and I think I can do it.

“I think I drive at an extremely high level, maintaining this level every week and all season is what will open the door to fight for the championship.

“To be in the race, to think about the championship and that every point counts, is a big challenge and a huge opportunity for my career.”

Perez eternally grateful to be part of F1

Sergio Perez. Credit: sportskeeda.com
Sergio Perez. Credit: sportskeeda.com

Perez was selected by Red Bull on the back of his vast experience in the sport and in the aftermath of his maiden F1 victory in Sakhir in 2020.

Although Perez knows that was a big factor in Red Bull seeing him as a capable driver, he believes he would still be just as grateful even if he never got the chance to compete at one of the best constructors.

“We always tell ourselves that we have to make the most of the opportunities given to us. That’s what I did,” Perez said.

“But even if these years with Red Bull had not come, I still would have been very proud of what I achieved in the sport because I gave my all with what I had.”

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